A primary school on the edge of West Swindon is looking forward to welcoming its first children in September.
Construction of the single form entry school by Swindon firm Beards is well advanced, with handover to to the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust expected by August.
Located in the middle of housing, each of the six classrooms will have its own sheltered outdoor play space to complement the grass playing field. The building will generate a lot of its own electricity from solar panels on the roof which will also feature ceiling tubes to bring light into the classrooms.
Ridgeway Farm executive principal Jane Leo, who is also principal of Tadpole Farm Primary Academy, is managing the project on behalf of the academies trust.
Mrs Leo said: “Having been involved in the opening of Tadpole Farm over the last two years I’ve been able to apply the experience at Ridgeway Farm; I wish I’d written it all down in a manual, but it’s all coming back.
“Ridgeway Farm School is a really exciting project in a brand new community. It’s located at the centre of its area and will also play a central role for residents. It’s been designed to be both a school and a place where the community can come together and grow.
“I’m looking after liaison between the diocese, Beards and Wiltshire Council until the end of August and will hand over the project to Carly Luce, headteacher of Lydiard Millicent Primary School, who will be the principal of both schools.”
The diocese will be organising meetings in April at Lydiard Millicent Primary School with Mrs Luce and deputy principal Laura Gibbard for parents and children interested in finding out more about places at Ridgeway Farm Primary Academy from September.
See the building layout at: www.ridgeway-farm.co.uk/school